Bible Excerpt from Hebrews 11:23-29
By faith he left . . . unafraid of the king’s anger
Reflection by William C. Green
The faith of Moses was a verb, not a noun. It was less a sure belief than action. It was less a feeling than behavior. It was not an end in itself but the means by which something important happened. It’s not that “by faith” Moses didn’t feel afraid. But what made him afraid was not “the king’s anger.” It was the prospect of being thwarted by it: He knew he had to get on with what he needed to do.
So for us. Perhaps our faith is weak because we’re not doing a lot with it. Perhaps we’re deterred by the power of some “king’s anger” in our own life in the form of what we fear: the rejection or misunderstanding of others; our own inadequacy; reprisal for what we might do wrong; being overcome by what stands in our way; punishment for sin.
We may pray for encouragement in the hope of feeling better about these matters. But chances are good we’ll remain stuck until, like Moses, we accept that much we worry about cannot be resolved, at least right now, and, nonetheless, move on. By faith we can leave behind a lot that has impeded us–not forgetting the possibility of the king’s anger but realizing that the greater threat is giving into it, guaranteeing a stranglehold.
O God, deliver us from preoccupation with resistance we face. Inspire us to live more fully in the freedom you make ours, in the spirit of Christ. Amen.
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William C. Green has served in the local, Conference, and national settings of the United Church of Christ.
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